If any one of your childhood heroes deserves his time on the big screen — more than Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, or even Manfred Mann — it's Stretch Armstrong: the elastic defender of justice first delivered to the world in the form of an action figure. With powers similar to that of Fantastic Four's Reed Richards, the DC Universe's Elongated Man, and Quality Comics creation Plastic Man, Stretch Armstrong has used his malleable musculoskeletal makeup to save the world from whatever force of evil your younger self decided he'd logically fight. Shin-splints, maybe.
The Kenner Products character has been discussed for some time as a viable candidate for a feature film; the project now has a director: Breck Eisner, son of Disney's former chief executive officer Michael Eisner, and director of films like Sahara and The Crazies.
Hollywood.com has learned that the story will focus on a new character, an ordinary man named Lucas Armstrong who undergoes a supernatural transformation to become the lithe crime fighter.
The Stretch Armstrong toy line involved other characters, including Stretch's dog Fetch Armstrong and the villainous creature Vac Man (whom you had to inflate via a bike pump to power up), among others. For what it's worth, the latter always seemed more misunderstood than he was genuinely evil... but that's just my take on how this story could manifest.
The film is scheduled for an April 2014 release.
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We’ve had vampires, werewolves, and zombies. I guess it’s about time that witches get their time in the spotlight. And no, Season of the Witch doesn’t count. Breck Eisner is attached to direct Summit’s newest monster movie, The Last Witch Hunter, which finds the last remaining witch hunter facing an increasing population of witches. Sounds like.... a witch movie. Yep, definitely a witch movie. Good job, Summit! I guess a lake monster is next? What about a birdman? Wait, going back to the witches, are these, like, green-skinned, warty witches? Or just my junior year math teacher? HEYO!
Someone knows how to play the game. Before the Hollywood holiday break got underway, mega producer McG submitted his plans for the upcoming film adaptation of the Ouija board game. Now that they’ve had all that time to stew over his ideas, Universal has chosen him to direct the film over the other contender, Breck Eisner (The Crazies). He’s now in negotiations with the studio.
We don’t have deets on Eisner’s production ideas, but McG’s were pretty solid: a script from the Tron: Legacy scribes with backing from Michael Bay’s production house. Both writers, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz said they wouldn’t want the film to be scary, but rather they hope it will take a tone more akin to the Indiana Jones series.
Other than the fact that a family is supposed to have an adventure thanks to the supernatural powers of the Ouija board, plot details are few and far between. However, just the knowledge of the man calling the shots is enough to give as an idea of what we’re in for. I said before that the Indiana Jones was a tall order, and with McG’s track record, I think it’s safe to say this production will likely be more Jumanji or The Mummy than a cousin of Dr. Jones, but I have no doubt it will be a fun ride.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
If you think that a film based on the long-popular Hasbro board game Ouija is a bad idea, you are not alone. Nevertheless, some over at Universal Pictures seem to think that THIS is the next (or first, rather) big thing to come from the pact between the two companies. Though properties like Monopoly, Risk and Stretch Armstrong continue to be developed, Ouija already has a script courtesy of TRON: Legacy's Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz and a release date set for November 9th 2012. One of the major missing pieces in this puzzle is a director, but according to The Hollywood Reporter the studio already has its eye on a few potential filmmakers.
Both McG and Breck Eisner have recently been connected to the project. The source claims that both separately pitched their vision of the film to studio execs over the last two weeks and it's now up to Universal to decide who will helm this reported $80-$100 million feature. Spotty choices, if you ask me. True, Eisner made a better-than-expected rehash of George Romero's The Crazies earlier this year (the scares were visceral). Unfortunately he also crashed-and-burned with the abysmal franchise non-starter Sahara, an undeniable critical and financial failure. McG has had plenty of success with his pair of Charlie's Angels films and made the solid sports drama We Are Marshall but left fans divided over his take on the Terminator mythology with 2009's Terminator Salvation. Of course, he wouldn't face similar expectations if hired for Ouija because there simply aren't any.
Though little is known about the project, Kitsis and Horowitz have claimed that it will not be a horror film and will instead center on a supernatural family adventure on par with Indiana Jones and The Mummy. Because of this description, I'm going to call McG the better choice simply because he has experience with large productions that have paid off. Ouija would be in the same vein as Eisner's big-budget flop and I just don't see the logic in investing that kind of money into his creative vision for this film. Don't get me wrong: I believe that there are better filmmakers suited for Ouija, but I wouldn't be totally opposed to watching a McG directed supernatural family adventure.
What do you think? Who should helm the untitled Ouija project? Let us know your thoughts!
The 1981 sci-fi classic starred Kurt Russell as anti-hero Snake Plissken. Russell returned for the sequel, Escape From L.A., in 1996.
Breck Eisner is the latest director attached to the project - Len Wiseman and Brett Ratner have also been linked to the film.
Breck Eisner may have found his dream Snake for the Escape From New York remake. Eisner says that he considers Timothy Olyphant one of the “very few guys” fit to step into Kurt Russell’s iconic eyepatch. Olyphant and Eisner previously worked together in this winter’s The Crazies.
In a completely original and not overused move, Eisner explained to Comingsoon.net that the remake would deal with “the anxiety of the world and anxiety of our existence post-9/11.”
Eisner also revealed that he’s making some more changes to his already belabored Escape script, bringing in another writer to supplement Allan Loeb's work.
New Line Cinemas is producing the film, which is due out in 2013.
Sources: ComingSoon, MovieWeb
Breck Eisner, director of The Crazies, has signed on to adapt graphic novel Blood Of The Innocent for the big screen. Eisner, son of former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, is set to begin adapting the film after completing the Escape From New York remake.
Blood’s author, Mark Wheatley, spoke with Fearnet and described the plot of the novel. "It's Dracula versus Jack the Ripper. That's it. That's the whole concept." said Wheatley. “The events that take place in Stoker's Dracula, date by date, mesh perfectly with the Jack the Ripper murders. That was the core of what started us off on doing the story."
Eisner is also planning to remake old-school action hero Flash Gordon, but Wheatley claims that the director will tackle Blood Of The Innocent first.
Writer Bill Marsilii has been brought on to refine the script. But when you have a premise like this, who needs a script?
Source: Fearnet, ComingSoon
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Remake is, apparently, his middle name. Breck Eisner, who won kudos for his chilling re-imagining of George Romero's The Crazies earlier this year, will next set his sights on John Carpenter's beloved Escape From New York, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The remake has been a top priority for the New Line (WB), which picked up the rights in March 2007, with Gerard Butler attached to star and Ken Nolan writing the script. The project then veered into development hell, losing Butler but amassing a penal colony of writers, among them Jonathan Mostow and Allan Loeb, and collecting then losing director Len Wiseman. (Neal Moritz has remained producer throughout the process.)
Eisner's boarding should bring redo back on track as New Line, sticking with the Loeb draft, tries to mix an origin story for anti-hero Snake Plissken and merge it with the story of the 1981 original.
On who should take over the famous eye-patch now that Butler is gone, we're officially endorsing Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a current Warner Bros. favorite and emerging star who's work in the genre, from last years Watchmen to this weekend's release The Losers, makes him a dependable choice for the role.
Walter Hamada and Sam Brown are overseeing for New Line.
The Crazies is a loose remake of a 1973 George Romero flick that most people including yours truly have either forgotten or never heard of. In some cases that kind of ignorance might serve as a hindrance but since The Crazies is a zombie flick and all zombie flicks are essentially the same you can rest assured it won’t bother you here.
B-movie A-listers Timothy Olyphant (A Perfect Getaway Hitman) and Radha Mitchell (Surrogates Silent Hill) star as David and Judy Dutton husband-and-wife residents of the quaint hamlet of Ogden Marsh Iowa home to precisely the kind of close-knit farming community long on assault weapon ownership and short on reliable cell phone access that zombies so famously prefer. The rest of the Crazies cast is filled with faces you vaguely recognize from that movie whose name you can’t recall at the moment. Don’t fret — just about all of them end up dead (or undead).
David is the town sheriff and Judy is the town doctor — a combination which conveniently enough makes them better prepared than anyone to face both a sudden outbreak of the undead flu and the violent anarchy that inevitably follows it. Judy also happens to be pregnant (but not so pregnant as to render her unappealing to male audience members thank God) giving the couple an added incentive to endure the onslaught and not blow each other’s brains out.
First come the zombies infected by bioweapon-tainted tap water followed quickly by members of the U.S. government’s jack-booted heavily-armed clean-up crew. Though their wardrobe and tactics differ both groups exhbit a casual disdain for human life and a seemingly insatiable bloodlust — same menace different uniforms. As government stooges and ravenous zombies compete to determine who will destroy Ogden Marsh first heroes David and Judy scramble to escape the town alive.
Director Breck Eisner son of Michael and the man responsible for 2005's Sahara shows surprising restraint with the gore in The Crazies filling the screen with enough blood to justify the film’s R-rating but not enough to test the gag reflex. He has the good sense to parcel out dialogue and backstory in small bits and pieces keeping the tension high and reducing the groan-worthy moments to a relatively respectable level. There’s nothing particularly original in The Crazies mind you but given the choice between a solidly-crafted retread and an innovative pile of rubbish I'll gladly take the former.
Based on the novel by Clive Cussler we meet master explorer Dirk Pitt who is just itching to go on his next treasure hunt. He gets that chance when he finds a fabled coin linked to a historical legend and heads to some of the most dangerous regions of West Africa searching for what the locals call the "Ship of Death"--a long-lost Civil War battleship that harbors a secret cargo. But don't waste a second of time wondering how a Civil War battleship found its way from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sahara Desert; no one involved in the movie did either. Along for the ride is Dirk's wisecracking "sidekick" Al Giordino (Steve Zahn) who always knows just what to say in the most dire of situations. Not. The boys also meet Dr. Eva Rojas (Penelope Cruz) a beautiful doctor who believes that the hidden treasure may be connected to a larger problem that not only threatens the lives of the locals but possibly like the entire world. Whoa dude! Although the guys spend most of the movie blowing things up together you just know that somehow their paths are going to cross again with Eva's and when they do it's gonna be EXPLOSIVE! Like literally. Duuuuuude!
Who can act with all those explosions going off? And in the middle of the desert? McConaughey is so suntanned so blow-dried so lovingly filmed in this movie that I was half expecting the distinctive twang of the "porn guitar" every time he made an entrance. In every shot he's glistening bronzed with a megawatt smile and that laid-back inflection of his that makes it sound like he just rolled out of bed stretched scratched himself and then moseyed himself down to stand in front of the cameras. Similarly Zahn who is usually cast as the hyperactive frenetic best friend is cast as--big surprise--the frenetic hyperactive frenetic best friend. The only difference is that in Sahara he must have been allowed to use McConaughey's personal trainer because Zahn has never looked more studly. He too is all windswept and taut muscles matching McConaughey's frosted tips to frosted tips and squint for squint. Oh yeah Penelope Cruz is in the movie too walking around with horned rimmed glasses perched on her face to show that she's a Serious Doctor Person. Yep that just about does it for the acting.
Matthew McConaughey tells us "the word Sahara actually means 'desert'." If we take our English lesson one step further we can define desert as: "A region of permanent cold that is largely or entirely devoid of life." Yep that about sums the movie up. Although director Breck Eisner has done his best to assemble all the elements and set pieces of an action/adventure film we've seen them all before. Never throw one punch when you can throw 10; never drive in a straight line when you can zoom around in a long sweeping curve being sure to kick up as much dust as you can. And don't sweat the small details like finding a working pay phone or a gas station in the middle of a desert or locating live ammunition in a ship that's 150 years old. Never say "I'll be fine!"(because for sure you're going to die). Or "I'll be right back." (because again you're guaranteed not to). And of course the ever popular "How many times am I gonna have to save your ass?" (c'mon that was rhetorical). We already know that a train is going to be involved; someone is going to get tied to a truck and somewhere somehow there will be camels. It's the desert for heaven's sakes. There's nothing fresh here. Dialogue is just a mere convenience to move the actors from one band of bad guys to the next and none of the actors are really given much to do other than whoop and holler a whole lot. Oh yeah and blow things up. Don't ask how the 150 year old cannonball can still explode. Just leave well enough alone.